DMEA Leadership

The DMEA is led by an elected full-time release President and an elected Executive Board, which reports to and is directed by our elected DMEA Association Representative Assembly which meets each month during the school year.


Joshua Brown, a middle school teacher social studies and special education who was elected President of the Des Moines Education Association in March 2018. Josh first became active in leadership within ISEA as part of the student program while attending Simpson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion with minors in Secondary Education and Philosophy. He continued his education at Morningside College where he earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching along with an endorsement in Special Education. In 2009, Josh was awarded the Des Moines Education Association Paul Mann Emerging Leader Award.

Josh has served the association in many roles at the local, state, and national levels. In Iowa he is currently serving as the vice-president of the Iowa State Education Association. He also served as the ISEA representative on the NEA Board of Directors from 2013-2018 and as the ISEA representative on the NEA Resolutions Committee from 2011-2013. At the national level Josh was elected by local leaders from across the nation to be the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Central Director from 2012-2018. He was also elected by members of the NEA Board of Directors to serve on the NEA Strategic Plan and Budget Committee from 2014-2018

In addition to serving the association, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, who is a science teacher and with his 7th grade son.


Vice President: Sara Earleywine (Hoyt Middle School)

Treasurer: Samy El-Baroudi (East High School)

Secretary: Courtney Starbuck (Perkins Elementary School)

ISEA Exec Board Rep: Anne Cross (Central Academy)

Ethnic Minority Rep: Zipporah Smith (Capitol View)

High School Rep: Chris Bern (North High School)

Middle School Rep: Patricia Gronewald (Hiatt Middle School)

Elementary School Rep: Tracey Stevens (Jackson Elementary School)

Elementary School Rep: Carrie Neuhaus (Hubbell Elementary School)

ESP Rep: Pam Bemis (Garton Elementary School)

Nurses Rep: Vicki Bonnett (East High School)

CSS Rep: Helen Copley (Hillis Elementary School)

Building Association Representatives

Each building has at least one or more Association Representatives who are our building level leaders. Contact your building level representative with concerns or issues you would like to see addressed!

Kelly Jo Hotchkiss Brubaker
Nicole Stuhldryer Brubaker
Joy Martin Brubaker
Pamela Owens Capitol View
Ashley Schott Capitol View
Roger Brannon Carver
Teresa Wyatt Carver
Karen Whittlesey Cattell
Jennifer Gelner Cowles
Sararae Herrin Downtown
Jennifer Mann Downtown
Bruce Miller Downtown
Jodie Enos Edmunds
Brooke Maxwell Edmunds
Megan Fontanini Findley
Aimee Owens Findley
Pamela Bemis Garton
Julie Renee Hansen Garton
Kathleen Wells Garton
Ethan Woodward Garton
Sarah Aldag Greenwood
Jill Roehrick Greenwood
Tim Tutt Hanawalt
Laura Clement Hillis
Alecia Hodgkinson Hillis
Joyce Adamson Howe
Carrie England Hubbell
Jamie Page Hubbell
Michelle McClure Jackson
Tracey Stevens Jackson
Amanda Martin Jefferson
Valerie Campero King
Jonna Nelson Lovejoy
Stephanie Maher Madison
Lindsay Ringleb Madison
Laura Myers McKinley
Jennifer Rico McKinley
Chris Albers Monroe
Anne Parenza Monroe
Charlea West Monroe
Sara Askvig Moore
Elizabeth Singer Moore
Brenda Beumer Morris
Kirsten Fath Morris
Catherine Lyons Morris
Jackie Kohler Moulton
Marilyn Smith Oak Park
Cynthia Toth-Steininger Oak Park
Lorie Sparks-Cooper Park Ave
Jennifer Warner-Blankenship Park Ave
Mindi McCoy Perkins
Courtney Starbuck Perkins
Sandra Shepley Phillips
Patricia Garrett Pleasant Hill
Sarah Kelly Pleasant Hill
Joy Leibfried River Woods
Emily Murphy River Woods
Zipporah Smith River Woods
Megan Woody River Woods
Diane Conzemius Samuelson
Michael Jones Samuelson
Melissa Noel Samuelson
Candi Patras South Union
Brianna Phillips Stowe
Lora Reins Stowe
Roberta Deal Studebaker
Rita Rasmussen Studebaker
Elizabeth Bouma Walnut St
Devan Benjamin Willard
Brittanee Grove Willard
Jacqui Pudenz-Powers Windsor
Heather Saville Wright
Lucinda Core Central Academy
Anne Cross Central Academy
Kevin Anderson Central Campus
Larry Beall Central Campus
Ben Molloy Central Campus
Ken Burgess East
Lisa Cook East
Julie Keith East
Brian Koch East
Angela Sarvis East
Bill Waller East
Jill Wibben East
Chris Dusek Hoover
Whitney McKinstry Hoover
Jennifer Shiek Hoover
Sarah Witkop Hoover
Stephanie Brennan Lincoln
Ted Crow Lincoln
Aaron Hohl Lincoln
John Howett Lincoln
Scott McClelland Lincoln
Daniel Nizzi Lincoln
Jonell Pierce Lincoln
Vince Schweiger Lincoln
Cheryl Bjurstrom North
Susan Krantman North
Alexandra Lifke-Reselman North
Jeff Rost North
Deborah Swigert North
Lynn Eastman Roosevelt
Stephanie Fowler Roosevelt
Deb Henry-Smith Roosevelt
Lauren Krup Roosevelt
CJ Mathews Roosevelt
Christa Sullivan Roosevelt
Andrea Sutton Roosevelt
Whitney Cavanah SCAVO
Quinn Woodhouse SCAVO
John Gerlitz Brody
Keith Lehman Brody
Tonya Richards Brody
Jennifer Davis Callanan
Nancy Johnson Callanan
Andrew Patterson Callanan
Sarah Harmon Goodrell
Shane Lucas Goodrell
Hilary Shepherd Goodrell
Cody Cochran Harding
Kaitlin Doyle Hiatt
Patricia Gronewold Hiatt
Virginia Martin Hiatt
Suzet Nelson Hiatt
Mark Schnurstein Hiatt
Kristi Brown Hoyt
Sara Earleywine Hoyt
Denise Bovee McCombs
Michaela Cross McCombs
Joy Davey McCombs
Jill Dykstra Meredith
Pam Vanderley-Beck Meredith
Blake Hammond Merrill
Dave O’Connor Merrill
Julie Clark Orchard Place
Laura McPherson Orchard Place
Anthony Glass Van Meter
Donovan Rinehart Van Meter
Brandon Nattress Weeks
Joshua Taylor Weeks
Jennifer Coffey CSS
Helen Copley CSS
Jennifer Docktor-Lago CSS
Wendy Hemphill CSS
Judy Taylor CSS
Kevin West CSS
Betty Morrow DM ALT CTR
Jill Alessio GT
Julie Bulver McKee
Crystal Crowdis Mitchell
Rebecca Marks SLI
Mary Barton SLI
Maranda Turner SLI
Emily Kurimski Taylor
Natalie Adams Woodlawn